Representing Northwest Coast, Inuit and Maori artists
Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
101-1669 West 3rd Ave. Vancouver, BC, Canada  V6J 1K1

1-888-669-8813
or 
1-604-669-8813
MONTHLY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

IN MEMORIAM

AXANGAYU (AQJANGAJUK) SHAA
RCA (1937-2019)
Cape Dorset, Nunavut Territory, Canada

We were incredibly sad to hear the news on the passing of Axanagayu Shaa in early February 2019. Axangayu was a very special artist to us all at Spirit Wrestler Gallery. He was an artist we all admired. We loved representing his sculptures - and we enjoyed living with his sculptures in our homes. He was really the last of the original nomadic generation of master artists still carving and was still producing his signature pieces up until mid-2018. He was truly the master of the 'dancing walrus'. Axangayu has exhibited all over the world, has been included in numerous museums and institutions, and over the years has been documented extensively in so many books and catalogues.

A grandson of the carver Kiakshuk and the only child of artists Paunichea and Munamee Davidee, Aqjangajuk began carving at the age of seventeen. He participated in the early drawing projects in Cape Dorset but realized his strengths lay in sculpture and did not draw after 1960. Only one graphic by him, Wounded Caribou, was ever released, in the 1961 Cape Dorset annual print collection. His work was in the famous 1971-73 touring exhibition “Sculpture/Inuit. Sculpture of the Inuit: Masterworks of the Canadian Arctic.” Since 1970, he has had eleven solo exhibitions, as well as appearing in many group shows, and his work is in many major museum collections, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy in 2003.

-Excerpt from Cape Dorset Sculpture, 2005.

 
Dancing Walrus

Serpentine
15 x 13 x 9 inches

Price: $5,750.00

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Young Sitting Walrus

Serpentine
9.5 x 8.5 x 8 inches

Price: $2,750.00

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Birds Nesting Colony

Walrus Bone, Serpentine
13 x 11 x 6 inches

Price: $1,875.00

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Dancing Walrus

Serpentine, Antler
13.5 x 11 x 8 inches

Price: $6,875.00

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March 2019 New Collections
Maori Art
 
 
Gable Mask • Parata (2001)

by Roi Toia Matai
21 x 11 x 1.5 inches

Price: $3,850.00

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Wakahuia (Treasure box) Pendant

Pakohe (New Zealand argillite), Whalebone
0.5 x 1.75 x 0.75 inches

Price: $750.00

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Hoe (Paddle) Pendant

Cattle Bone, Pāua Shell
(New Zealand abalone)

4.5 x 0.75 x 0.25 inches

Price: $550.00

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Toki Poutangata (Ceremonial Adze) Pendant

Medium: Pounamu Jade, Pāua Shell (New Zealand abalone), Kānuka (White tea tree) Wood Plug
2 x 2 x 0.5 inches

Price: $750.00

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Ngā manu e rua Pendant


Fossilised Acorn, Whalebone
1 x 0.75 x 0.5 inches

Price: $350.00

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Northwest Coast Art
 
Pookmiss Mask

by Tom D. Hunt

Alder, Horsehair
15 x 14 x 8.5 inches

Price: $6,000.00

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Inuit Art
 




 
“duck…!”

by Michael Massie

Anhydrite, Bone, Ebony, Mahogany and Brass
7 x 7 x 5 inches

Price: $3,200.00

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Dancing Bear

by Pauloosie Joanassie

Marble
12 x 10 x 7 inches

Price: $3,000.00

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Standing Bear

by Jimmy Iqaluq (Iqaluk)

Steatite
9.5 x 5.5 x 3 inches

Price: $1,000.00

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Two Muskox Protecting Calf from Bears (c.1998)

by Ruth Qaulluaryuk

Graphite, Crayon
22.5 x 30 inches

Price: $1,500.00

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Polar Bear and Cubs (2001)

by Pitsiulak Pinguatuk

Steatite
7 x 9.5 x 8.5 inches

Price: $1,250.00

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*Prices, specifications and images are subject to change without notice. Not responsible for typographical or illustrative errors. 

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